And just like that…



I hope all you “eight is the perfect number for the CFP” folks aren’t too crushed.  After all, you get a bigger set of brackets to play with!

My take?  We’ll be revisiting the move to twelve sooner than you think.  Sixteen will be the new twelve.


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68 responses to “And just like that…

  1. My question is whether this will be in effect for the 2021 season or will this be for the future. I’m guessing the quarterfinals will be in non-playoff NY6 games in mid-December with the semifinals on New Year’s Day and the championship as it is now.

    This is what is eventually going to happen with the wild cards:


    • Too soon for now, but you can bet they’ll have it in place well before the current deal expires in 2026.

      Liked by 4 people

    • PTC DAWG

      2023 season is what I’ve seen bandied about.


      • stoopnagle

        The CFP Final host is set for 21 (Indy), 22 (LA), and 23 (Houston). I’m guessing 24 (the next to last year of the current SEC inter-division rotation set up which ends in 25).

        That said, certainly there’s enough time for Houston to decide to adjust to a different date. The Texans don’t appear to be going to the playoffs anytime soon. LOL.

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  2. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    trying to make up for all that lost covid money

    i remember the first time espn played the early round ncaa games late 80s and thought how cool! now i think espn is the devil wrapped in coyote shit.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Faltering Memory

      Take ESPN up one side and down the other, it does about as much harm as good. This will tilt the scales to the negative.


  3. classiccitycanine

    And so begins the death of my passion for college football…

    Liked by 5 people

  4. If this happens, I hope the 1-4 teams host during the second round rather than neutral sites. Makes the value of top 8 important with a home game, then top 4 extra important with a bye and a home game. Increasing the relative difficulty through seeding may help with keeping the importance of the regular season and conference championships for each team

    Liked by 2 people

    • Too much money tied up with the New Year’s 6 tie-ins … i would be very surprised if they leave the non-semifinal NY6 bowl games in the current situation where they aren’t selling tickets or getting the viewership.

      Liked by 1 person

    • stoopnagle

      quarters and semis at neutral bowl sites

      They’re desperately and uselessly propping up the bowl system for some reason.

      Liked by 1 person

      • spur21

        $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ is the reason

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        • RangerRuss

          I see pay-per-view playoffs in the future.

          Liked by 3 people

        • stoopnagle

          I’m guessing there’s going to be a re-accounting of the $$$ angle after the first on-campus playoff games happen.

          A regular season UGA home game is worth $2 million to UGA (at the moment, I’m guessing home game attendance is going to decline some since not every game matters and match-ups aren’t always that great). If you figure they’re going to charge bowl game plus prices for playoff tickets, plus stick McGill/Hartman folks for more “donations” somehow for access, that number will get into the range where the $6 million from the Outback minus travel and what not will not look so great to the host team.


    • miltondawg

      I agree. It is kind of BS if the top 4 have a bye and don’t get the revenue from a home game.


      • Down Island Way

        Have seen various numbers that the leagues (pro) lost tv $$ 12 – 14 Billion, the pandemic ain’t over, fans may/may not be willing or financially able to attend scheduled games let alone more games to attend in dec/jan/feb???(nobody is going out west for a 1st rounder)…still not sure the advertising $$$ will be there from the big money players, can’t take Snoop Dog pushing fashionable beach wear or crappy beer commercials 4 weeks in a row…knowing someone will pony up to sponsor the 12 degrees of talking lizard law firm half time show…no return on investment….


  5. silverbritches02

    The silver lining here is the extremely entertaining prospect of humiliation when a blue blood loses a home playoff game to like, Georgia State. Who’s it going to be, and why is the correct answer us?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. charlottedawg

    I liked it at 4…….
    Hope this at least benefits UGA

    Liked by 3 people

  7. pdawg30577

    Not that it makes a lick of difference, but I can’t get behind any playoff system that includes byes for anyone. Football is not basketball or baseball. And before you start coming back talking about the NFL or lower-division ball having it, please save the keystrokes. I’ve always thought it was a travesty in the NFL, and as for D-III or whatever, why in the hell would big-time college football emulate the Junior Varsity teams?

    Liked by 2 people

  8. 86bone

    I’m going to put on some Conway and Merle and think about the good old times, I feel like a mule just kicked me in the head!
    Hold on a second fellas….
    “Honey, where did you put the gummy bears”?
    Might as well get stoned….

    Liked by 3 people

  9. TN Dawg

    I’m a fan of 12 or 16, either way.

    A lot of bowl game romantics will be disappointed at first, I’m sure, but we’ll be glad of it when we are 5th and would have been left out in favor of Norte Dame.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. ASEF

    This is how college basketball went down the tubes.

    CFB: Just Another “Are We There (Playoffs) Yet>?” sport.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. David K

    I’ll watch if the Dawgs are playing but this is stupid

    Liked by 4 people

  12. stoopnagle

    My immediate question is do we start scheduling down now since it’s going to be easy for a top 3-4 SEC team to make the playoffs? AND potentially a 12 game season with a conference championship game then 4 playoff games on top of that to get to the top of the mountain?

    Liked by 2 people

    • stoopnagle

      In 2028, we’ve lined up
      09/02 – at Texas
      09/09 – Florida A&M
      09/16 – Florida State
      11/25 – Georgia Tech

      Plus, our 8 SEC games.

      Y’all. There’s no way this OOC schedule happens in the 12 team playoff world.

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  13. Holiday Inn Bagman

    Will anyone think it’s a big deal to lift the SEC trophy in Atlanta when 3-4 SEC teams are making the playoffs under this format every year?

    Liked by 3 people

  14. practicaldawg

    This will really favor 1-loss SEC teams whose only loss is to their division winner. Avoiding the SECCG while being ranked high seems to the way to go. Avoids injuries and an additional loss that would crowd you out of the playoff.

    Put simply, the SECCG will become the biggest trap game of the year.

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  15. Tony BarnFart

    I do like how it is worded as “top 6 conference champs” rather than P5+1G5…. obviously that’s the likely scenario, but it at least opens the door for substituting a Boise etc for a WRETCHED P5 champ that scored a freak win in their conference title game (like say the actual best team was ineligible, major injury etc) with a 7-5 record.


  16. uga97

    CFP (2014-2020): Avg margin of victory/loss by all teams ranked 1-4, (21 games semis & champ) = 19.5 pts.

    Good luck cfp, getting 5-12 to do better than that.

    Liked by 4 people

  17. cowetadawg

    Gimme the old bowl system any and every day. Blue Bonnet bowl, Hall of Fame Bowl, plus all the staples of Sugar, Rose, Orange & Cotton. I liked it when we had 1 national champ game, regardless the arguments about who deserved to be there. Sucks to see this inevitable day arrive. I’m old, and this news makes me feel it more so.

    Liked by 7 people

  18. 79dawg

    MaRk RiChT wOuLd HaVe EiGhT oR nInE cHaMpIoNsHiPs UnDeR a TwElVe TeAm PlAyOfF rEgImE!!!

    (p.s. O/U on when this article will be written? Is July 15 too soon, or will they wait until the lazy days of early/mid-August camp to pop this hot taek out???)

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Hogbody Spradlin

    ESPN sez: l’sport c’est moi


  20. spur21

    In any given year how many teams are worthy of being #1? 6 at most so it is pointless to shove 8 or 12 or 16 teams into a playoff. Sure we might see a 12 seed knock off a real contender but what does that prove – shit happens.


  21. Dawg in Austin



  22. CB

    Really Senator. How can you justify leaving out a 9 win division champ?? It’s fascism!! Fascism I say. #ExpandExponentially !!!!!


  23. Connor O'Keefe

    Senator, I feel like this is the end of a long war we were never going to win. While on the whole I think this is terrible, you deserve credit for calling out the inevitability of this years ago.
    Maybe this will be better, the status quo is hardly ever worth defending just for the sake of being status quo. But in college football change comes awfully fast to the elements don’t need it, and awfully slow to the elements that do.


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